Frankston’s long running advocacy for car parking reform took a first step forward with Frankston Council’s COVID-19 response package introducing free parking for the first two-hours, in addition to fee-waivers on new business applications and kerbside trading fees. Click here to read the full package details.
Unfortunately, Frankston’s recovery package did not relive local businesses from the additional 25% differential rate premium, that is charged to commercial and industrial tennants across the municipality. Click here for the Committee for Greater Frankston’s 2020 local council budget submission.
The Committee for Greater Frankston has refrained from offering comment on the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid contributing to ‘general noise’ over the past few weeks.
However, like other responsible organisations we have made necessary social-distancing arrangements including cancelling all C4GF events; implementing work-from-home plans; and deferring, until further notice, our 2020 Annual General Meeting (previously scheduled for the 20 April) as per the CAV Associations’ reporting requirements.
In the coming days, we are anticipating that governments will take a more aggressive policy approach to stemming the COVID-19 pandemic. The following two strategic articles on ‘why the COVID outbreak is accelerating so fast‘ and ‘what strategic end-game options Australia has left’ will be useful in helping Frankston businesses and our community to better understand why.
John Daley Grattan Institute, 21 March 2020 (Australian analysis)
COVID-19: The endgame, and how to get there
Nobody likes talking about the COVID-19 endgame, but we need to choose one. The appropriate interventions – public health, government spending, and freedom of movement – all depend on the endgame we choose.None is attractive, but one is better than the others.
Catherine Hanrahan, ABC 25 Mach 2020
Confused about what to do about coronavirus? This data says just stay home
The success or failure of Australia’s coronavirus fight relies to a remarkable degree on just one thing, new modelling has found. And that thing is whether individual Australians now follow official advice — and just stay home.
Tim Leslie etal, ABC 26 March 2020
What we can learn from the countries winning the coronavirus fight
See how coronavirus is spreading around the world — and what lessons we can take from the countries beating the virus. Just two weeks ago coronavirus was an issue at the edges of the Australian consciousness. Now the globe is in crisis and the country is shell-shocked. Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has now reached more than 400,000 known cases, spread to 169 countries, and caused almost 19,000 deaths. Just like in this chart, there’s a lot going on, and it’s very hard to understand what it all
ABC video on Steps we could take
Tomas Pueyo 10 March 2020 (USA analysis)
Corona Virus: Why you must act now
With everything that’s happening about the Coronavirus, it might be very hard to make a decision of what to do today.
Tomas Pueyo 20 March 2020
Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance
What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like, if Leaders Buy Us Time